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Alperin Appointed as FAU’s Provost, Chief Academic Officer

                BOCA RATON, FL (October 20, 2009) – Dr. John Pritchett, who is currently serving as president of Florida Atlantic University as FAU conducts a search for a new president, has appointed Dr. Diane Alperin to serve a termed appointment as the University’s provost.  As the university’s chief academic officer, she will have full responsibility for all duties associated with the provost’s office.

            “It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the university provost,” said Alperin, who has most recently served as an associate provost for personnel and programs and professor at FAU. “I have watched the University grow for the past 29 years and look forward to helping it excel to the next level of excellence in higher education.”

In this new role, Alperin is responsible for the general academic and administrative functions of the University, for the development of policies and guidelines involving the academic and/or administrative affairs of the University, and for the development and administration of the University budget in support of academic/research programs.  She also will assist with negotiations involving administrative officials, as well as representatives of business, community and civic groups to promote the educational, research and public service objectives and policies of the University.  Alperin also will act as adviser to Pritchett on matters related to the academic function of the University.

“Diane Alperin is the consummate professional and her academic leadership is immeasurable during this time of transition at FAU,” said Pritchett. “As provost and chief academic officer, she will continue to enhance academic life for students and faculty as we move forward.”

An advisory committee took two months to complete the application and nomination process for the position of provost.  “The feedback we received from our faculty, staff and administrators regarding Dr. Alperin’s candidacy for the position of provost at FAU was overwhelmingly positive,” said Dr. Michael Moriarty, vice president for research at FAU who led the President’s advisory group for the process to fill the position of provost. “Dr. Alperin’s talents, expertise and background make her a natural fit for this position.”

Alperin has been with FAU since 1980, when she began as an adjunct assistant professor in the social welfare program. She also served as the interim dean for FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters and chair of the department of social work.  Prior to joining FAU, Alperin was a social worker for various agencies for more than 10 years.

            Alperin earned a Ph.D. in social welfare from Florida International University in Miami, a M.S. in social work from Columbia University School of Social Work in New York, as well as a B.A. in psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,  the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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